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Nick James - Furniture Designer-Maker


Nick is a skilled craftsman, an advocate of traditional woodworking techniques that are rare in contemporary practice.  All Nick’s work is made in Newcastle upon Tyne at his workshops The Mushroom Works, artists’ studios established by Nick in 2005.

Trained at the country’s leading furniture college, Rycotewood, Nick now works alongside a team of expert makers.
  He uses the best time-tested methods of connecting pieces of wood by unbreakable joints and precise construction methods in order to create furniture that will last lifetimes. As a member of The Woodland Trust, Nick values sustainability in sourcing and replenishing materials.

Nick on #Untitled10


I have investigated marquetry, an historic furniture decorating technique that is well represented in the collection at The Bowes Museum.  Using Formica* high-pressure laminate, a product with a long-history in the North East, I made experimental marquetry panels for the 21st century. Using contemporary laser-cutting techniques and by contrasting colour palettes and textural patterns, these experimental panels will instigate an interaction between The Museum’s collections and visitors.

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Formica is a registered trademark of The Diller Corporation© 2015.